EWC Instructor Publishes Three Works
October 15, 2004
(Torrington, WY) Eastern Wyoming College English and Spanish instructor John Nesbitt has recently published three works. The first is an updated version of The Blue Book of Basic Writing, the second is a scholarly study of another writer, and the third is a traditional western novel.
The Blue Book of Basic Writing is used in basic writing classes at EWC. Nesbitt first wrote this book in 1989. He updates and revises the content every four to five years. "I am very satisfied with this new edition. I've included fuller explanations with more emphasis on the text. This revision means a lot to me, and my students and I get a lot of use out of this text book," Nesbitt said about the new edition. This text book consists of original material, as Nesbitt writes all of the examples and exercises.
Nesbitt's second project was an academic study of Wyoming's Robert Roripaugh. Roripaugh is a recent Poet Laureate of Wyoming and lives in Laramie. Nesbitt's booklet was part of a western writer's series that was founded in 1972 and provides brief analyses of authors who have written significant literature about the American West. Boise State University handles the proposals, reviews of materials and publishing of the studies. "This study is important to Wyoming literature. Not many Wyoming writers have been the subject of these studies. It was also important and useful to do this while Roripaugh was still active and could provide information," Nesbitt shares. These academic studies are available in university libraries.
West of Rock River is Nesbitt's eleventh traditional western novel. This book has an unusual story line in that the antagonist is still standing in the end. The book highlights transferred grudges, misplaced sense of loyalty, and distorted motives and is a story about injustice. Nesbitt's western books can be found on internet book stores, grocery store book racks and many other places paperback books are sold. Upcoming, Nesbitt is working on a sequel to the popular Red Wind Crossing.
Nesbitt's free time over the last year has been consumed with all of the above projects, "It was quite rewarding to complete three very different things and have them all published over the last three months!"